Xavier-Emyon B School

Board Members

Board Members


Ashley Fernandes

He is the Chairman of Xavier – Emlyon business school and also the India head for emlyon business school and the Chairman for the Higher Education Committee of Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) for financial year 2020-2021!

Ashley is an alumnus of Stanford University Graduate School of Business, emlyon business school and Institut d’Etudes politiques Lyon. Formerly an investment banker, Deputy Ceo of a listed company on NYSE-Euronext, multi-entrepreneur; Ashley is currently President of BARNABY&FERNS, an international consulting boutique firm he founded in 2014. He is a former international Hockey player. In short he is a “Human in Progress” as he characterizes himself.


Thierry Picq

He is the Director of Innovation at emlyon business school since September 2018 & is in charge of all the school’s innovation activity (innovation policy, Incubator, accelerator, transformation program). He is also the Creator of Silex, emlyon’s innovation laboratory.
Thierry Picq was Academic Director from 2014 to 2018. He was previously Head of the Management & Human Resources department from 2003 to 2008. He has 7 years of experience as a consultant in Organization, within GEMINI CONSULTING (Paris), and within the company CSI (Geneva). He has published numerous academic and professional books and articles on project management, new forms of organization, team work and leadership, change management.


Tugrul Atamer

He is the distinguished Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at emlyon business school. He is also the Vice President for Global Affairs at emlyon business school, in charge of development of oversees campuses and international partnership.
Dr. Atamer is an active member of international accreditation institutions (EQUIS and AACSB). He realized audits and mentorship in business schools in USA, UK, Turkey, India and Korea. He was previously acting president of the School from January 1st 2020 to September 1st 2020. In addition to his role as the Vice Dean for Global Affairs, he was Executive Chairman at the World Entrepreneurship Forum from 2012 to 2016. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management and HDR degree (qualification for PhD supervision) from the University of Grenoble.


Fr. V. Arokiyadass SJ

He is the Chief Financing Officer of XIM University, Deputy Registrar of XIMB and Associate professor of the School of Commerce, XIM University.

Fr. V. Arokiyadass SJ has a PhD in Finance from Madras University, M. Phil in Finance from Loyola College Chennai and M. Com in Income Tax from Loyola College Chennai.


S. Antony Joseph Raj SJ

He is the Lecturer in Xavier School of Human Resources Management; Counselor in Residence; Prefect of Students’ Residences & Deputy Registrar of the New Campus. Having a work experience of more than 30 years, he has published one book and two book chapters.


Dr. Elizabeth Abba

She is the Associate Professor at Xavier School of Sustainability and Associate Dean at International Relations of XIM University.
Dr. Elizabeth has ten years of research experience at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Mumbai Zonal Laboratory, 8 years of teaching and 2 years of consultancy experience in Environmental Science. She published her research work in 13 peer reviewed international, 8 national journals and one book chapter.


Prof. Dr. Arun Kumar Paul

He is the Dean of Xavier – Emlyon business school and also the Professor in Operations Management and Decision Sciences (OM & DS) area at Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), XIM University.

He has over 26 years of industry experience, starting his career as Design Engineer and then moving on to the level of Project Manager, where he headed capital projects for Tata group of companies. He was awarded the National Education Leadership Award in 2013 as best teacher in Operations Management area.